Health Benefits of Homemade Soap
Soaps that are being sold over the counters in the market have unpleasant and degradable effects on your skin. Soaps sold in the markets are alkaline in nature and drastically alters the pH levels of the skin and body, making it look dull and dry. Our body produces natural oils that are protective in nature and defends our skin from various environmental damages, but soaps make our skin more susceptible to such damages by stripping off the natural oils. Moreover, as acidic content of the skin gets reduced, skin gets flakier and develops fine lines and wrinkles easily and before time. Commercially sold soaps are made of chemicals that may produce rich lather on your skin, but does not necessarily cleanse the clothes deeply. These chemicals may also cause allergic reactions and dermatological problems, such as eczema, etc.
So, it is highly advisable that you should discard that chemical ridden soap which you have been using since long back and make your own soap at home. It is not only easy to make, but is also pure and natural that will improve the texture of your skin while restoring the natural moisture that your skin is deprived of.
Because natural soaps are made with ingredients that are natural, the skin is healed through this process. When you use store bought products, it is likely that your skin will get severely dried out, and this is never a good outcome.
Instead of a quick and clean fix that has negative long term effects, you can enjoy products that will get you clean while also healing and moisturizing your skin in the long run.
It is easy to slap an accepted label on products that have chemicals and all types of harming agents in them on a bar and call it a day. This is what the huge companies do and it is truly a shame. These bars and gels are produced in masses without the loving care of a homemade soap that considers the skin it will touch.
If you want the real stuff, the good stuff, the stuff that will help your body to thrive from the inside out, consider creating your own products. You’ll know exactly what is touching your skin and you’ll have peace knowing it was made with you in mind, unlike most of the soaps you can buy off the shelves.
When you create anything yourself, no matter the DIY project, it always feels good afterward. Knowing you made something with your own hands not only saves you money and gives you peace of mind, it also creates a sense of pride and excitement for your abilities.
Once you learn how to make soap, it will be hard to stop making all your products. You’ll find yourself wanting to learn how to make the things you put on your body in a natural way, free of all the harsh chemicals and useless fillers.
Here is the easiest of recipes to make your own soap at home in a few easy steps.
1. Coconut Oil Soap
- 33 oz coconut oil
- 4.83 lye (NaOH)
- 12.54 oz water
- 1 ounce essential oil (any)
- Stick blender
- Digital scale
- Glass measuring cups
- Small glass bowls
- Plastic spoon with a long handle
- Rubber spatula
- Soap mold
- Parchment paper for coating the soap mold
Step#1 : Wear the gloves. Take the respective quantity of water in a ceramic bowl and slowly add lye while mixing them gently. Make sure that you do not inhale the vapors as it could be hazardous. Perform it outside your room in a garden area or balcony. As you mix both the ingredients, mix is going to become very hot, so you have to be careful while handling it. Mix will have somewhat cloudy appearance and wait until it gets transformed from cloudy to clear appearance.
Step#2 : Next step is to place the coconut oil in a saucepan and heat it so that it gets melted completely. Now, transfer the oil from pan to Crockpot carefully.
Step#3 : Add the water-lye mix from the mixing bowl into the Crockpot containing the coconut oil. Mix all the ingredients together.
Step#4 : Use a stick blender to blend all the ingredients and make the mix a little fluffy and thick.
Step#5 : Next step is to cover the Crockpot and let the whole mixture cook on low flame. The purpose of doing this is to let oils rise and fold back into the mixture so that all the ingredients will get mixed, seamlessly.
Step#6 : Now, dip a pH strip in the mix to check whether it is done or not. If the pH value is more than 10, it is not done yet. If pH has attained the value between 7 and 8, it is done. The other way to test it is to rub a little quantity between your palms. If you feel a little waxy, it is done.
Step#7 : As the whole process is done, allow the mix to get cooled down a little and then, add the essential oil of your choice.
Tip: Do not add essential oils when the mixture is hot as doing so will make the oil lose its entire aroma.
Step#8 : Last step is to oat the soap mold with parchment paper and transfer the mix from the Crockpot into the soap mold. Let the mix get hardened over time. If you want to speed up the process, cool the mix in the refrigerator. You can use the very first bar soap made from the pure coconut oil right away, but it is advisable to use the rest of the bars after 2-3 weeks so that conditioning properties get developed completely within the soap bar.
Your DIY homemade natural coconut soap is ready, and it is very mild and gentle on your skin.